Papers: Nani states his case
Nani's star quality shines through, but can he sustain it?
The Manchester United career of the Portugal winger Nani has mirrored his goal celebration. Up and down. There have been some sparkling moments. Goals just like yesterday’s, struck with alarming venom and accuracy from distance. Unfortunately, there have been too many low days. Times when fundamentals such as attitude and endeavour have dropped off the scale. A poor man’s Cristiano Ronaldo? He has not even been that. It is possible, though, that 2009-10 could be his season. If he is to have any kind of career at Old Trafford at all then it pretty much will have to be. It is expected that the Ecuador midfield player Antonio Valencia will occupy the departed Ronaldo’s position down the right-hand side, but Valencia is a different type of player, a modern wide man bought to bring some balance and reliability to the 4-4-2 formation that United will use this season. He does not possess Ronaldo’s unpredictability and versatility. Nani, on the other hand, does. It is only a matter of being able to produce it on a regular basis, something beyond him in two seasons at Old Trafford so far. Certainly, the hour that Nani spent on the field yesterday will have encouraged Ferguson.Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail
All the papers analyse the controversial incident involving Patrice Evra
and Michael Ballack
which led to Chelsea's second goal in the Community Shield win over United.
In other news, Michael Owen
has vowed to force his way back into the England squad, despite his latest snub by Fabio Capello. He said: "I have just got to continue doing well and see where it takes me. I've been in the provisional squad a few times, though the final squad is the one you want to be in." Wayne Rooney
is backing his team-mate to win his England place back, saying: "He's looked really sharp in pre-season and I'm sure if he maintains that form, it won't be long before he is back."